It's been the year of unconventional coffee beers. Birch's on the Lake had a coffee golden ale that blew my mind, and then Insight made their own, Banshee Cutter. Modist had a bit hit on their hands with their coffee lager, First Call, and now, wow, here's a coffee kolsch from Day Block. I bought a crowler, and now I'm going to drink it.
5.7% ABV. 18 IBU. Day Block Brewing Company, Minneapolis, MN.
Clear, bright golden coloring, slim white head.
In the nose: light malts, light hops, and here comes the coffee. Very nice.
In the mouth: light body, lean malts, little hops, but very perceptible coffee flavor. That's an understatement, actually. Quite tasty coffee flavors, laying on top of a smooth, easy-drinking ale, that loses a lot of the delicate characteristics of a kolsch. The coffee covers it all up. It's one way to do things, but not my favorite. I prefer a kolsch on it's own, and not some base beer to prop up other flavors.